BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Students will be back in school and out of school earlier than they have in recent years, thanks to Labor Day falling on Monday, Sept. 2. 

The Board of Education approved a calendar for the 2019-2020 school  year which includes four snow days and eliminates the half days of school normally found in the first week of school.

Students in Kindergarten through grade 12 will report for a full day of school on Thursday, Sept. 5. Teachers will be in school for in-service days on Sept. 3 and 4. Pre-School will open on Monday, Sept. 9.

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Sept. 30 schools will be closed for Rosh Hashanah.

Schools will be closed on Oct. 9 for Yom Kippur. On Monday, Oct. 14, Columbus Day, there will be an early dismissal for students and afternoon in-service for staff.

Schools will be closed for the NJEA Convention on Nov. 7 and 8 and closed again on Nov. 21 and 22 for Thanksgiving. There will be an early dismissal for all schools on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The December break begins on Friday, Dec. 20, with early dismissal at all schools. Schools will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2. Schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Mid-winter recess will consist of one day off, Monday, Feb. 17.

Schools will be closed April 6, 7, 8 and 9 for spring recess and on April 10 for Good Friday. If more than the scheduled four snow days are used, they will be made up beginning with April 6, then April 7, 8 and 9, as needed. Any unused snow days will be added as vacation later in the year.

There will be an early dismissal for all students on May 22, and schools will be closed on Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day.

Columbia Middle School will hold its promotion ceremony on Wednesday, June 17. There will be early dismissal that day for students.

Governor Livingston High School graduation will be held on Thursday, June 18. There will be early dismissal that day for students.

Parents who have children in more than one school will now have more time to pick them up on days when there are early dismissals. Interim Superintendent of Schools Richard Nooonan said the district will have an interval of 10 minutes between schools on scheduled early dismissal days.

Scheduled early dismissal times are now: GL 12:30 p.m.; Columbia Middle School 12:45 p.m.; elementary schools 12:55 p.m. and Mary Kay McMillin p.m. Kindergarten and First grade 1:05 p.m.

More details on the Mary Kay McMillin a.m. and p.m. preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 1 schedules can be found on the website at www.bhpsnj.or Information on regular school hours and scheduled early dismissals, as well as on emergency delayed opening and early dismissal times is also available on the web at www.bhpsnj.org.